The Best Property Development Networking Events

29th January 2020

It’s not always what you know in this business, it’s who knows you, and how they know you. 

Getting into the right rooms with the right people can be incredibly lucrative for SME property developers.

But how do you know which room is right for you? 

The truth is, there are a lot of rubbish events out there. After all, anyone can start an event and charge whatever they want, so even cost doesn’t indicate quality.

So to help, I’ve put together some of my favourite events to give you an idea of where to invest your time (and money) for the most impact.

You can scroll through the entire list, or go to your preferred type of event by clicking on it below.

Awards events -  Thankfully, even if you're not a nominee or a winner most award dinners are open to anyone who buys a ticket. 

Sure, they can be pricey, but you’re literally getting into an award-winning crowd, which is usually good for business. 

Annual events - These are some of the biggest events around, thousands of people, just a few could help take your business to the next level. 

Regular events - These are smaller scale, but higher frequency events which usually happen across the country. 

 

 

Awards Events 

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  • RESI Awards

Location: London, UK

Time of year: May 

Frequency: Annually

What is it? (in their words)

“The RESI Awards, organised by Property Week, celebrate the residential property sector and its successes of the past year. The awards bring together the key players in the residential market including leading developers, landlords, housebuilders, operators, investors, agencies and local authorities.”

Who’s going to be there?

These are the best from the best across the residential property world. And it’s organised by Property Week, so you might even find yourself posing for some pictures in their celebration issue. 

Why should you go?

Covering the whole residential property sector, this is a great place to rub shoulders with people from many  professions. It’s good to know people in high places, right?


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  • The PROPS Awards Lunch

Location: London, UK 

Time of year: May

Frequency: Annually  

What is it? (in their words)

“Variety’s annual ‘the PROPS’ Lunch is real estate’s premier fundraising event. Since its inception in 1992, ‘the PROPS’, dedicated to the UK’s property industry, has raised over £10 million enabling Variety to provide 2,054 custom built wheelchairs and other essential items to children and young people all around the UK.”

Who’s going to be there? 

As they say themselves, the award-winners list often reads like a ‘who’s who’ of property professionals. 

Why should you go? 

An incredible meal, great networking opportunities, and that warm, fuzzy feeling of having helped a hugely important cause.

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Annual Events

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  • MIPIM

Location: Cannes, France

Time of year: March

Frequency: Annually 

What is it?  (in their own words)

“MIPIM, the premier real estate event, gathers the most influential players from all sectors of the international property industry for four days of networking, learning and transaction through premium events, conferences and dedicated exhibition zones.”

Who’s going to be there? 

26,000 people who work across virtually every section of the property industry. 

MIPIM covers everything property so whatever your specialism, odds are you’ll find something (and someone) useful. 

Why should you go?

The chance to meet over 6,000 investors, choose from over 500 keynote speakers and endless networking opportunities. 

Oh, and we’ll be there too so if you come along, drop by and say hi. 

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  • PROPSKI

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Location: Chamonix, France

Time of year: January

Frequency: Annually 

What is it?  (in their own words)

Experience an entire 4* boutique hotel filled exclusively with over 450 UK property professionals, daily events to meet, compete and network, the best breakfast buffet you’ve ever seen, not to mention 150km of incredible skiing to be had in Chamonix. 

Who’s going to be there? 

A relatively small number but influential property professionals from across the board. 

Why should you go?

If you like skiing, or just being outdoors in winter, this is perfect for you. Also, if you prefer networking in a more informal environment, this is also for you. 

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  • UK REiiF (Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum) 

Location: Leeds, United Kingdom

Time of year: May

Frequency: Annually 

What is it?  (in their own words)

UKREiiF connects people, places and businesses to accelerate the Levelling Up Agenda, whilst unlocking sustainable, inclusive and transformational investment across the UK.

This 3-day event will bring together the public sector – with every core UK city and region involved – alongside Government, investors, funders, developers, house builders and more.

Who’s going to be there? 

More than 5,000 in person attendees including 500+ investors, 200+ developers and over 250 speakers, predominantly interested in public sector projects. 

Why should you go?

If you’re interested in public sector projects, you should probably attend if you can. 

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  • Smart Asset Summit

Location: London, United Kingdom 

Time of year: November

Frequency: Annually

What is it?  (in their own words) 

“The Smart Asset & Estate Management conference boasts an agenda packed with case studies, expert insight and inspiring practical takeaways that will help you accelerate change.”

Who’s going to be there? 

Public sector property professionals. 

Why should you go? 

To meet a wide variety of professionals that can help you achieve your goals in property management. 

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  • Housing (Chartered Institute of Housing)

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

Time of year: June

Frequency: Annually 

What is it? (in their words)

“Housing, the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual conference and Europe's largest housing festival, takes place annually in June in Manchester. With 8500+ attendees, 10 theatres, 500+ speakers, and 400+ sponsors and exhibitors over the three days – it is the biggest meeting place for the whole housing sector.”

Who’s going to be there? 

This is another big-deal housing event – there’ll be people from around the property world, so it should cater to just about any profession (whatever your level).

Why should you go? 

It’s spread across three days, which gives you plenty of time to see who and what you want to see. 


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  • MAPIC 

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Location: Cannes, France 

Time of year: November and December (spread across multiple days) 

Frequency: Annually

What is it? 

Created in 1995, MAPIC is the leading global platform to build vibrant retail & urban destinations.

Who’s going to be there? 

Over 8,000 retail, property, food & leisure leaders from over 80 countries. 

Why should you go? 

If you’re in, or want to get into the retail property sector, It’s a great opportunity to meet your next business partner, or find your next project.

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  • HOMES UK

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Location: London, UK

Date: November

Frequency: Annually

What is it? (in their words)

“HOMES UK will look at the entire ecosystem of home building and maintenance for every type of accommodation in the UK, from affordable to market sale and the rapidly growing build to rent, student, co-living and retirement sectors.

“As the only event to unite decision-makers from every stage of the property lifecycle, HOMES UK will drive the collaboration and discussion necessary to deliver high-quality homes for all.”

Who’s going to be there? 

With 6,000+ attendees, 350+ speakers, 200+ exhibitors, this is an events for just about anyone. They claim to cover just about everything, from “land, planning and funding, through to placemaking and design and all the way to sales, marketing, asset management and maintenance”.

Why should you go? 

70% of the attendees have budget responsibility. So if you’re after decision makers, this is probably the event for you. 

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Futurebuild

  • Futurebuild

Location: London, United Kingdom 

Time of year: March

Frequency: Annually 

What is it?  (in their own words)

“Futurebuild brings together 27,000 industry influencers and shapers to drive real change. A world-class knowledge programme alongside an immersive exhibition of 450 innovative and inspiring brands and a host of networking events will combine to create an unmissable experience.”

Who’s going to be there? 

Over 27,000 attendees, including 19 of the top 20 house builders (you’ve got to feel a little sorry for the poor team that missed out).

Why should you go? 

While Futurebuild is a great event for all property professionals, one of their unique value propositions is the emphasis on ecobuilding. If you have a particular interest in environmentalism, or want to find out more about this growing niche, this is a great place to start.

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  • Property Investor Show 

Location: ExCeL Center, London, United Kingdom

Time of Year: April 

Frequency: Annually 

What is it? (in their own words) 

“The Property Investor Show is the premier exhibition for anyone looking to make money from property – in the short or long term.” 

Who’s going to be there?

Investors and those seeking to get investment. This spans from institutions to SMEs

Why should you go? 

If you’re interested in investing in property, or looking to get investment for your project, this is a great event for you. 

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  • Progressive Property Network

Locations: Nationwide

Frequency: Multiple events every month 

What is it?  (in their own words)

“Progressive Property Network events across the UK are for property investors of all levels. PPN will inspire, educate and entertain you on your journey to becoming more successful in property. PPN gives you access to a ready-made network of professional property people ready to share a wealth of experience.”

Who’s going to be there? 

People from across the prepety spectrum who are looking to network for a range of reasons.  

Why should you go? 

Interestingly, they specifically say “If you are content with passive events, the PPN is not for you”. So you’ll get lots of interaction, and lots of opportunities to make valuable connections. 

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  • PROPS Breakfast

Location: London, United Kingdom

Time of year: November and May, respectively

Frequency: Multiple times a year

What is it? (in their words)

“London's leading property event … brings together the great and the good from property to debate, network, and help improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK by raising vital funds for Variety, the Children’s Charity.”

Who’s going to be there? 

A large group of influential property professionals.  

Why should you go? 

There’s usually an incredibly knowledgeable guest speaker offering a Q&A, then plenty of time to chat with fellow attendees and add each other on LinkedIn. At the same time, you’re helping a good cause. 

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  • Completely Retail  Marketplace 

Locations: London, United Kingdom -  Stockholm, Sweden - Madrid, Spain - Prague, Czech Republic 

Time of year: April and September 

Frequency: Twice a year 

What is it?  (in their own words)

Completely Retail Marketplace is a series of events that take place across multiple countries, where retail and leisure brands meet and network with a diverse range of property agents, landlords, shopping centre owners, franchise operators and organisations to discuss the market and opportunities for space.

Who’s going to be there? 

Hundreds of brands from a number of industries, who all need space of some sort. 

Why should you go? 

If you’re looking to get access to brands across Europe who have varying space requirements, this is the event for you. 

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  • Property Investors Network

Locations: Nationwide 

Frequency: Multiple events every month

Overview (in their words)

“Network with like-minded investors in your local area, no matter what your experience. Get the latest news in the mortgage and lettings markets. Experience highly inspirational case studies and learn from industry leading property investors from across the country.”

What is it? (in their own words)

Discover the latest products, understand how to maximise your budget or seek an architect's opinion. From small plots to big builds, the Homebuilding & Renovating Show is the place to pick up tools and tips from the brightest and best in the business.

Who’s going to be there? 

Architects, self build specialists, renovation experts and leading brands. 

Why should you go? 

This is a great place to go if you’re thinking about starting a or in the middle of a one. You can get expert advice from homebuilding and renovating experts, or get ideas from masterclasses and leading brands. 

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  • Movers and Shakers

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Location: Nationwide, UK

Overview (in their words)

“Movers & Shakers is the UK’s leading Property and Construction Networking Forum – now in its 24th year; with vast experience in bringing together senior executives in the Marketplace and generating opportunities.”

Who’s going to be there? 

Those looking to learn more, meet people, and talk business.

Why should you go? 

They offer quite a lot – it’s especially worth checking out the breakfast meetings, where they offer some pretty big-name speakers at a much smaller price tag than you’d usually pay.

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  • All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs)

Location: Houses of Parliament, London, UK

Frequency: Multiple times a year 

“All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.”

What is it?  (in their own words)

“All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.”

Who’s going to be there? 

Elected officials, and those interested in hearing them speak about housing, planning and house builders. 

Why should you go? 

APPGs are great for those with an interest in politics, or looking to get a deeper understanding of the wider landscape. The main two to look out for are the APPG on Housing and Planning, and the APPG for SME House Builders. 

Interested in attending? Get in touch with the appropriate secretariat for the APPG you want to go along to.

Find out more: 

APPG on Housing and Planning

APPG for SME House Builders

 

Your network is linked to your net worth. 

Sometimes, contrary to popular belief, the cream doesn’t always rise to the top. 

It should, but it doesn’t. 

Relationships can sometimes make or break a business. 

Knowing how to network effectively isn’t a nice-to-have. It’s a necessity. 

Now you know the rooms worth working, we’ve put together a free checklist to get the most out of your next event. 

All events come with a cost.

Make sure you're getting the best ROI with our checklist. 

Download this pre-event checklist to:

  • Learn how to strategically choose the right events to save time and money
  • Plan proactively to make more connections and promote your business
  • Create an organised follow-up plan to maximise the return on your event

Grab your FREE copy by filling in the short form above and find out how you can make the most of the events this year.

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Asher is the Senior Content Writer at LandTech. He sometimes misses his time living in China. He also enjoys indoor climbing, which has ruined his chances of ever being a hand model.